Roundball Classic introduces area players to people from other states

LEESBURG, Ga. – Thursday was the start of the 4th annual Roundball Classic, hosted by Lee County High School’s basketball team.

For Lee County coach, Kirven Davis, it represents years of work to have the tournament the way it is.

“It kind of originated when I got here, it took me about three years to get it going. We try to create a melting pot, of all these different styles, and it’s one of the few tournaments left where you have a winner. It’s not like a traditional classic where you play two games and go home. This helps them prepare for the postseason,” Davis said.

The tournament features four local teams from Southwest Georgia, but this year’s event features a team from Marianna, Fla. and New York.

“We get to see different styles of basketball in the state of Georgia, and it gives you something to prepare for, but also to take on to what you may be doing later in the season,” said Elliot Montgomery, the coach for Eagles Landing High School in McDonough.

As for all of the teams who’ve traveled far and wide to be in Leesburg this weekend, the bigger aspect of the Roundball Classic lies in the community aspect.

“I mean it’s a big deal that our kids get to rub elbows with different cultures,” Davis said. “Not just the basketball side, just the interaction with each other over a three-day period.”

The Roundball Classic will run through Saturday.